Life Drawing: Which Drawing Method?

I was all over the place today while drawing. I’m still struggling with which drawing method I should use, each one has its positives and negatives but I need to pick something because tonights life drawing session was all over the board.

Life Drawing: Which Drawing Method, warmup
Warmup

At least the warmup page didn’t change…

Life Drawing: Which Drawing Method, 1.5 minute gestures
1.5 minute gestures

Too much focus on detail with my gesture drawings, these are not really gestural at all.

Life Drawing: Which Drawing Method, 5 minute poses
5 minute poses
Life Drawing: Which Drawing Method, 15 minute pose
15 minute pose

This drawing turned out really well. I like this drawing style a lot, and it works well with my brain. I start at the top and work my way down slowly building correct drawing onto the previous correct drawing. So I like it, and it produces a good looking drawing most of the time, but the problem is that it’s hard to place the figure correctly on the page and there is a big chance that the proportions can be far from accurate.

Life Drawing: Which Drawing Method, 15 minute pose
15 minute pose

Here is a good example of the same drawing method as before but with bad proportions.

Life Drawing: Which Drawing Method, 30 minute pose
30 minute pose

This drawing was more than frustrating. I started with the same drawing method I was using on Saturday where I mark the absolute top and bottom of the figure first, measure the head height as it would fit within this space and then begin drawing the head. After spending a ton of time on getting the head wrong multiple times, I got fed up and began venting my frustration by pressing the charcoal hard into the page while not really caring how the drawing turned out.

Life Drawing: Which Drawing Method, 30 minute pose
30 minute pose

With this method I started by doing a very light simple block in of the whole figure to get the placement down. The block in was literally a few boxes and straight lines barely indicating anything but it gave a general idea of placement and size relationships. After the block in I started with the head and began working exactly while at the same time incorporating value. I’m not sure if I like this drawing method much at all because it relies on shading too much, which can mask bad drawing.

Life Drawing: Which Drawing Method, 30 minute pose
30 minute pose

This was the same method as before, but the portrait was taking very long so I didn’t get much of the figure done.

Life Drawing: Which Drawing Method?, Post Inspiration

Egon Schiele drawing
Egon Schiele drawing

The lines of a few of my drawing tonight reminded me of the nervous looking lines created by Egon Schiele.

Here is another drawing method to add to the list, I have always liked this idea but it turned out to not be very practical in a lot of situations. It’s the “Site size” method.

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